As you may have heard (or read in your inbox), Google is finally putting an end to the Google+ experiment. On April 2, 2019, Google will shut down all consumer accounts on the platform and begin the process of deleting all Google+ content.
While the masses are not exactly mourning in the streets over the loss of Google’s (failed) response to Facebook, savvy users may need to take action to preserve their valuable content.
Download Your Stuff
While Google+ will soon be going the way of the dodo, you still have time to download any photos and other content from the platform. Fortunately, Google has provided instructions to do just that. To quote the Big G:
“You can download an archive of all your Google+ data at once, including your Google+ circles, Communities, Streams, and +1’s. Your Google+ archive includes your photos and videos from Google+.
- Go to the Download your data page. You might have to sign in. Your available Google+ data will be preselected.
- Click Next.
- Choose a file type.
- Choose how you want your data delivered.
- Click Create archive.
Note: If you want to download Google+ Pages content, sign in as the Google+ Page.”
Another thing to keep in mind: no other Google services will be affected as part of the consumer Google+ shutdown. If you already have your files backed up on another service like Gmail, Google Photos, or Google Drive, you’re good to go.
If you’re a G Suite customer, Google+ isn’t completely going away. According to Google, “new enterprise-grade features in Google+ help businesses drive collaboration.” …which sounds like we may be looking at a new challenger for the Slack throne.
Google+ is dead, long live Google+!
Have more questions or need help recovering your content from Google+? Contact the C-3 Group and we’ll be glad to lend a hand.